In a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels the Selection is the chance of a lifetime: to compete for gorgeous Prince Maxon’s ear. But for America Singer it means turning her back on her secret love, and leaving home for a prize she doesn’t want.
Then America meets Maxon and all her plans start to crumble. Can the life she’s always dreamed of compare to a future she never imagined?
Man this book. This fucking book. I have no words to describe just how irritated that ending made me. Like buddy? That is not how we end a book. We do not go and do a semi-Roth on everyone. It is not okay, okay? I don’t think that processing this is going to be easy for me, my heart or my brain. Things like this just can’t be sprung on a person okay? That is not how the world works. Don’t get me wrong I hate this ending in a way that I shouldn’t. We have a love hate relationship. It’s good. We’re on okay terms.
This book was a tad slow until after the first 150 pages, but not slow enough to bore you, just slow enough to make you kinda think when is the drama gonna start? And then it does start and we’re all good then. There is a love triangle, but seen as it’s been a while since I had seen one I was okay with it and I mean when you’ve read as many books as I (not a brag) it’s kinda obvious and predictable who she’s going to end up with. The mystery isn’t there for me. I don’t mind that though, I actually enjoying knowing in advance so that I can get annoyed at the bloke who’s going to be kicked out on his ass whenever he does something he shouldn’t and not have to find someway to justify it. I can just get annoyed. It’s a wonderful and beautiful time.
Right, Prince Maxon. His character seemed to be a bit all over the place. One second he would be a-okay with America giving him an earful and the next he would be telling her to remember her place like the spoiled brat he essentially is. I mean damn son, make up your mind, are you going to throw a tantrum or not? Don’t be getting flaky in your personality now okay? It’s not good. And actually quite irritating. But he’s actually a real sweetheart so I can forgive the weird multiple personality thing. For now… Actually now that I think about it he seems like a bit of a douchebag, but that doesn’t matter. For now… (I just felt like doing it twice okay, I felt like it was ominous, was? God I hope so otherwise there goes my career of writing thrillers. Damn.)
America confounds me. Like gurl, what are you playing at? Here you have this amazing chance at getting a better life for your family and yourself and then possibly being able to make some difference to society too, but noooo. You’re gonna sit and whine about how your life is so hard. I mean it is or rather it was before you arrived at the palace where everything is taken care of for you. But nooooo, heaven forfend you actually being grateful about the situation that your in. It’s almost like she enjoys being unhappy. Geez, if I were Maxon I would want someone who cried just a touch less and was perhaps just a touch more grateful. But nope. He gets America instead. (Also IMO her name is really stupid and just a touch ridiculous, I mean, America Singer, who names their child that? but that’s just what I think) Not that there’s anything wrong with America or anything, it’s just people who cry a lot annoy me.
Onto the love triangle, square, pentagon, dodecahedron or whatever it is.I mean the amount of people involved in that relationship is ridiculous. It was off the charts. Into at least the 40’s and getting out of control. Who needs that many women? Arguably, at that point it’s a harem, not a love triangle. Also is it just me or did anyone else feel like Maxon was just using America to learn how to treat other women? It felt an awful lot like he was using her and had no real feelings towards her/just didn’t care. I really hope that’s not the case because what are the next two books about? America and Aspen get it on illegally? I really hope not because Aspen is a grade A asshole who frankly deserves Bertha or whatever her name was from earlier in the book.
This book had a great plot with fantastic world building. Although that guy who ‘saved’ the country and then renamed it after himself? Like geez men. How much attention do you need? Apparently a lot otherwise he wouldn’t have done it. Also that thing with history being not allowed. That’s hella weird and frankly I really wanna know more. Like fam seriously. Please let this be another mini plot. I really hope it is cause it sounds like it would be ridiculously interesting and already I’m coming up with theories. I JUST GOTTA KNOW!
Anyway, since I don’t actually have the next book in my possession the next review is not gonna be about that. So, spoiler alert, I guess. I hope that I get to read it soon tho, cause I need it more than I need air, or water, or warmth, or perhaps even other books. So y’know, the necessities.
This book gets 5/5 stars because of how original it is and I cannot wait to read the rest of the series. I just hope it doesn’t let me down…
Anyway, Live long and prosper,